There is growing evidence for dietary risk factors in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline with age, such as antioxidant nutrients, fish, dietary fats, and B-vitamins. Numerous animal and laboratory studies have shown that antioxidant nutrients can protect the brain from oxidative and inflammatory damage. A number of recent epidemiological studies demonstrate a protective role of omega-3 fatty acids, such as docosahexaenoic acid, in Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline. Enjoy my recipe for wild salmon (naturally high on omega 3s), which appears in this summer’s issue of AFA Care Quarterly–it’s a free publication of the Alzheimer’s Foundation Of America!

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Foil-Grilled Apricot Glazed Salmon

Serves 4

This delicious salmon recipe is perfect for summer. It provides an abundance of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids for brain and heart health. Grilling it in a foil pouch seals in flavor and requires hardly any clean-up!

Ingredients

  • 11⁄3 pounds salmon fillets (wild salmon when available)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup apricot fruit spread, 100 percent fruit
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Pat salmon dry with a paper towel and cut into four equal servings. Season the skinless side of salmon with
  3. Place each piece of salmon on a double layer of foil with skin side down. Fold the sides of the foil up so that the cooking liquid will not run out.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients. Pour the liquid over the four pieces of salmon so that the glaze is distributed equally.
  5. Seal each foil by folding as if you were wrapping a gift. Slide the foil packets onto the grill and close the lid.
  6. Cook until the salmon is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Let it rest for 2 minutes and then unwrap and serve salmon over a bed of This dish can be served hot or at room temperature.

Serving Suggestion: Salmon goes well with almost any grain. I like to serve such a rich-tasting fish with a hearty grain like brown rice.

Nutrition Facts Per serving (213 g): 304 calories, 13 g fat, 130 mg sodium, 14.3 g carbohydrates, 30.4 g protein.

Recipe and photo adapted from the book: Beyond The Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super-Healthy by culinary nutritionist and award-winning author Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN. The book was recently named one of the best independent books of 2015.